E. J. “Zeke” Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman Street, built by Sjostrom & Sons, Fall 1987-1989

The original name of the State of Illinois Office Building, when it was dedicated by Governor Jim Thompson Dec. 3, 1989. Renamed the E. J. “Zeke” Giorgi Center and dedicated by Governor Jim Edgar Jan. 6, 1994. Zeke Giorgi had begun lobbying for a state building in Rockford back in 1975.

Photographed by Jean Lythgoe, November 16, 2021

“Wagon Wheel casino dead issue” – 1994

Source:  Rockford Register Star 12/16/1994

Webbs Norman – 1994 article

Source: Rockford Magazine, November 1994, p. 42

Myron “Butch” Rafferty – 1994, Rockford Blacktop

Source: Rockford Magazine, Nov. 1994, p 39